Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2016 Master Craft Support Award Recipient: Tammy Knight,Development Program Manager, Maine Made.
Join the celebration: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Friday May 13th, 7:00pm
The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named Tammy Knight of Clinton, Maine and as a 2016 recipient of the MCA Master Craft Supporter Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.
The 2016 MCA Master Craft Award process began with nominations submitted from past award recipients. The 2016 recipient was researched and selected by Diana Greenwold Assistant Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art.
With enthusiasm, the Maine Crafts Association Board of Directors selected Tammy Knight, of Clinton, ME as the recipient of the 2016 Craft Supporter Award. Tammy Serves as Development Manager of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Made Program. In her sixteen years working in the Department she has managed grant portfolios totaling over $26 million in support of communities and small businesses. She became the Manager of the Maine Made Program in 2012.
With Tammy’s leadership the Maine Made program has built Maine products into a strong national brand. Tammy is an advocate and an ambassador for Maine made products, encouraging craft artists to develop strong product lines, marketing materials and, in turn, bringing those products to a larger national market via trade shows, conferences, expositions, social media and other marketing. She reflects genuine enthusiasm for Maine people and Maine products and the Maine craft community benefits from her creativity, innovation and drive to tell the Maine story on a national level.
The Maine Crafts Association’s efforts and initiatives dove tail with those of Maine Made, with Tammy’s support the MCA and Maine Made have partnered to produce Maine Craft Weekend, an annual tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, since 2014 and share hundreds of common members.
The public, supporters, friends and family of Elizabeth Busch and Tammy Knight are invited to attend the award ceremony Friday May 13th, 7pm, for a special reception at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. The ceremony will include the award presentation, a gift of the 2016 Master Craft Artist pins made by MCA Professional Member Jackie Haines, and MCA Lifetime Membership certificate and short presentations from the recipients. Those interested in joining the MCA and the award recipients for dinner at Haystack from 6:00-7:00 PM, please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org / 207 205 0791. There is $15 charge for dinner.